Doug Bafford received his bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is a current M.A. candidate in the department of anthropology at Brandeis University. His research interests center on the epistemological and cosmological dimensions of religious life, for which he has designed and conducted ethnographic studies among young Muslims on the East Coast and evangelical Christians in Kentucky. His current project examines the intersection of scientific and religious discourse of human origins within Baptist congregations. In addition to anthropological research, he has taught and assisted with courses in English writing, Spanish language, and anthropology since 2010. This is his second year with the MKTYP, having served as a tutor during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Erin Erhart received a B.A. in English Literature from Kansas State University and a joint M.A. in English Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brandeis University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature completing her dissertation on Victorian science literature and fiction. While her main field is in Victorian England, her research has focused on gender and queer theory, comic book theory, Native literature and criticism and digital culture. Erin has served as both a tutor and an instructor for TYP, and this is her third year as an instructor.
Tim Hickey received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Brandeis and an M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago. He is a professor of Computer Science as well as the chair of the department. He is also the chair of the Internet Studies program and a member of the Film Studies program faculty. Professor Hickey’s research interests include interval arithmetic, computer supported learning, and Scientific Visualization and his Brandeis courses include Introduction to Computers and Introduction to 3-D Animation. He has been teaching at Brandeis since 1984. Professor Hickey has been an instructor for the TYP since 1992. He was awarded the Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer ’69 and Joseph Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring in 2012.
Joseph Martin received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Dickinson College and an M.A. in mathematics from Brandeis University. He worked in the computer industry in the fields of 3D computer-aided design and drafting, software development tools, operating systems, and graphics processor computing. His current research interest is in stream computing techniques for number theory. Mr. Martin taught TYP mathematics from 2002 to 2005.
Craig Bruce Smith is an instructor and lecturer at Brandeis University and an adjunct professor at Emmanuel College. He holds a PhD in American history from Brandeis University. Dr. Smith specializes in the American Revolution and early American honor, virtue, and ethics. His book project, “Rightly to Be Great: Honor, Virtue, and Ethics among America’s Founders,” examines changes in honor and virtue from the coming of the American Revolution through the early republic. Smith has also been published in the Massachusetts Historical Review, the Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington, the Encyclopedia of War, and the Westchester Historian. He is currently researching his next project, “Redemption: The American Revolution and Abolitionism in Britain and the United States,” which explores Atlantic abolitionism and the intersection of national morality and reputation.
Te received a BS in Symbolic Systems and an MS in Statistics from Stanford University. He is now a PhD candidate in Linguistics and Computer Science. His specialty is in applying statistical methods for analyzing discourse in written text. After a one-year hiatus, he is returning to the TYP as an instructor for the second year. His personal wesbite can be found here.